If you are thinking about planting grass seed, you may be asking yourself if it is the right time of the year to produce the best results. While the best time to plant grass seed can vary slightly depending on where you live, there are a few constants to keep in mind.
First, no matter where you live, summer is rarely an ideal time to plant grass seed. Why is that? Well, unless you live in a climate with cool summers, the average temperatures during this time of year are not conducive to grass growing. Because of the heat, the ground is not moist enough to keep new seeds wet, meaning you will be constantly watering the ground with less than perfect results to show for all of your extra work. However, there are a few things you can do to avoid this situation if you absolutely have to plant grass seed in the summer. For example, add a layer of peat moss to the planting area. This protects the seeds by keeping the added moisture from drying out too quickly.
So we have established that summer is not the best time to plant, but when is the best? Generally, planting new grass seed in the fall will yield ideal results. At least in Mid-Atlantic regions of the country, early fall is the perfect time because while the ground will still be warm, the moderate temperatures will prevent too much moisture from drying out of the soil. You have to water less and as long as you start early enough in the fall, the grass should be growing strong by October or November.
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